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As the chaos of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia spreads, the U.S. is searching for a safe path forward
Forty-eight hours before exhausted American and Iranian negotiators blew past their self-imposed March 31 deadline for nuclear talks, White House Middle East experts were working the phones to handle Tehran’s latest moves. But the calls had little to do with the sluggish negotiations on the shores of Lake Geneva.
On the sun-blasted tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels were closing in on the strategic port city of Aden in southern Yemen, and the U.S. was scrambling to provide intelligence and logistical support to the Saudi Arabian forces trying to drive them back. At the same time, 1,500 miles (2,400 km) to the north in Iraq, the Americans and Iranians were on the same side—yet arguing over whether …